Canada has released as much information as it legally can regarding the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, the government’s lawyers said, as she sought more confidential records relating to her 2018 detention.
She has said she is innocent, and is fighting extradition to the United States while under house arrest in Vancouver.
On the first day of hearings expected to last up to three days, Meng’s lawyer said a”flurry of emails” between Canadian and American officials around the time of Meng’s arrest shouldn’t all be covered by privilege, as Canadian prosecutors have argued.
Meng’s lawyers have pushed for the release of more documents to support their assertion that Canadian and American governments committed abuses of process while questioning Meng prior to her arrest, including the improper sharing of identifying information about her electronic devices.
Crown attorney John Gibb-Carsley said his staff is committed to creating the trial”as open as possible without divulging the privileges which need to be protected.”
But, Meng’s attorneys argued that abuse of procedure is an exception to litigation privilege.
“We would be easily guilty of being wrong that all these emails are about that subject matter because we can’t see them, so it’s a matter for the closed hearing to determine what these are about.”
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have denied any abuses concerning their conduct throughout Meng’s arrest.
Several of the privilege claims were litigated in a federal court in Ottawa in late July, because they were made on the grounds of national security.
The hearings will last at a closed session on Tuesday, possibly stretching into Wednesday. Meng won’t be present.
A schedule proposed jointly by lawyers for the prosecution and defence said that a decision on the matter by the 2nd of October would enable the remainder of the trial to proceed as proposed, with hearings wrap up in April 2021.
The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Tessa Vikander in Vancouver and Moira Warburton in Washington. Editing by Daniel Wallis and Stephen Coates.
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